One-on-One: Derrick Rose

Rodneil Quiteles
Rappler talks to Chicago Bulls star and youngest NBA MVP Derrick Rose

MANILA, Philippines – The youngest player to win the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award, Derrick Rose, is in the country for the Philippine leg of his Asian tour. 

The Chicago Bulls guard is in the country for a two-day visit that includes watching the adidas 3 on 3 Grand Finals on Sunday, September 15 and a press conference on Monday, September 16 before heading to the Mall of Asia Atrium to join a video game contest in the afternoon.

He is the third MVP to visit the country in 2013 following reigning MVP LeBron James and 2007-2008 MVP Kobe Bryant.

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This is Rose’s second visit to the Philippines. In 2011, he played an exhibition game with fellow NBA superstars Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul.

Rappler had a chance to sit down with the 2008 NBA Rookie of the year. Rose, coming off a knee injury, told us why he opted to sit out the entire 2012-2013 NBA season despite being cleared to play.

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The Chicago native who grew up watching Michael Jordan also told us which other player he admires the most that’s not the 6-time NBA champion.

Watch the interview: